Peyton Manning Has Sealed Comeback Player Of The Year Award; MVP Next?

By Mark Stringer
Ron Chenoy – US Presswire

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning is playing some great football right now and that’s pretty amazing considering the 36-year-old had several neck surgeries that kept him sidelined for the entire 2011 season.

The Broncos’ organization went “all in” in their efforts to land Manning last off-season when he was a free agent. This effort was led by John Elway, Denver’s executive vice president of football operations. Each week, it’s looking more and more like it was a very wise move to pursue the Manning during free agency as it’s really starting to pay off for the Broncos.

Manning has compiled over 1,800 yards, 14 touchdowns and only four interceptions while maintaining a 68% completion percentage through six games this year. He’s had only one bad outing, the first quarter against the Atlanta Falcons, in which he threw three of his four total interceptions in a game the Broncos were unable to win with a furious late game rally. Manning later led a historic comeback on Monday Night Football against the San Diego Chargers despite being down 24-0 at the half, something Denver isn’t used to.

If Manning can stay on pace, here’s what his numbers for the season will resemble: 4,800 yards, 37 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. If he continues this stellar play, there is no doubt Manning will win the Comeback Player of the Year Award and if the Broncos are successful, he will have a great chance to bring home his fifth the NFL MVP Award as well. If and when that happens, all of those naysayers who criticized the Broncos for trading Tim Tebow and putting all their faith in Manning will be singing a different tune.

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